May 5 is the National Day of Awareness of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People. It is also known as Red Dress Day.
The use of red dresses to represent missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls was originated by Métis artist Jaime Black in 2010 in her exhibit, The REDress Project. Today, red dresses continue to be used across Canada for awareness and as a representation of the Indigenous women and girls lost to violent crime and as a call for action to prevent future violence.
The City of Spruce Grove honours and remembers all missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people. We will be hanging red dresses from May 2-5 in four facilities with a poster explaining the day of awareness and the significance of the red dress at the following locations:
This is being done in collaboration with Spruce Grove Public Library, Stony Plain FCSS, and Stony Plain Library who will also be hanging red dresses in their facilities.
The City of Spruce Grove will also be lowering the flags at City Hall on May 5.
An independent, national, toll-free support call line is available to provide support for anyone who requires assistance: 1-844-413-6649. This line is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.